Finding Community

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Support groups can be helpful for parents of children with autism spectrum disorders.

Many families find these groups most helpful in the first years after diagnosis, when early intervention for the child is essential, and disruption to normal family life is highest. Some greatly benefit from mentoring by a parent of an older child who has already gained some experience. Some parents prefer the relative anonymity of attending large groups and lectures.

The Autism Society of American and Autism Speaks are good places to start looking for this type of help on a local level. Many of our experienced UCSF families are looking forward to lend a hand to families with newly diagnosed children.